My New List of Classical Card Magic

In reviewing my top 10 card effects from April 2010, I thought the time has come to share some of the new effects that have made my all time favourite list. Over the last few years, I have embraced more gambling related material and the impact has been fantastic.  There has been a long debate that card magic and gambling demonstrations cannot live side by side in a performance.... Read More

The Expert at the Card Table – A Year Long Study

A very Happy New Year to you all. I am not one for New Years Resolutions and I didn’t even make any attempt to do so for the start of this new year. The Expert at the Card Table However, I have taken on a really big project which will last probably longer than this year. I have chosen to read, study and evaluate the classic text, “The Expert at the Card Table”... Read More

Mastering Magic – The One Day Seminar

I am delighted and excited to announce my new venture for 2012. I will be hosting my first seminar on card magic and magic in general on Saturday 5th May 2012. The Seminar will be your opportunity to learn some of my brand new routines which will not feature anywhere else except at my seminar. Also, there will be numerous conversations throughout the day on magic as a craft, psychology,... Read More

Harry Lorayne-Magic’s Greatest Teacher, Part Two

From 1978 to 1982, Harry Lorayne was my mentor and teacher in spite of the fact that I hadn’t met him. During this time, I had all of Harry’s books: Close-up Card Magic Personal Secrets My Favourite Card Tricks Decksterity Reputation Makers Rim Shots Afterthoughts These books were my bibles and formed the foundation for the rest of my journey into card magic.... Read More

Harry Lorayne-Magic’s Greatest Teacher, Part One

I think it is fair to say that all card men owe Harry Lorayne a huge debt for his tireless dedication to making the learning of card magic an easy process.  I struggled to learn card magic back in the early 1970s.  Jean Hugard’s “The Royal Road to Card Magic” was and still is an excellent start for the beginning student, nevertheless, I found this book confusing,... Read More

Derek Dingle – The Cobblestone Bar, “A Night to Remember”

Prologue “To earn the title of “Magician’s Magician” is considered the ultimate accolade and acceptance from ones peers. Derek Dingle was much more than a magician’s magician, he was responsible for changing the face of close-up magic forever. During the 1970′s Derek Dingle set out to primarily fool magicians with his unique brand of close-up magic. What was even more... Read More

The Pathway to Excellence-Part Three

THE MAGIC SPOT and Alan Alan. I was very lucky; I met Alan Alan when I was thirteen years old.  Alan Alan’s “Magic Spot” was located on 88 Southampton Row and it was a real magic shop.  The Magic Spot became a Mecca for visiting magicians from around the world.   I went to his magic shop practically every day after school and would watch his demonstrations and listen... Read More

The Pathway to Excellence-Part Four

The mentoring process is a very special relationship between the master and student. The master’s work is complete when the student becomes independent, of the master.  Many great stories have been based on this concept, it applies very well to our context. One of my favorite books is “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  In this book, he talks about a very intriguing... Read More